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FILE - In this March 1, 2012 file photo, former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with Owen Bieber, left, with United Auto Workers union (UAW), at the 2012 UAW National Community†Action Program Conference, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in Washington.  Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dies aged 90

Feb. 17, 2020 5:52 PM EST

Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90. Neither as charismatic as his predecessor, Douglas Fraser, nor as confrontational as his successor, Stephen Yokich, the low-key Bieber had an easygoing...

Chocolate bars that may contain milk being recalled

Feb. 13, 2020 3:45 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company is recalling about 1,900 bars of chocolate that may contain milk that's not listed in the ingredients. Grand Rapids-based Gourmet International on Thursday issued an allergy alert for Butlers Irish Whiskey Dark Chocolate 3.5-ounce tablet bars. The chocolate...

Shelly Hueckel, right, appears in court Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Mich. for sentencing on an assault and battery charge. Heuckel, who used racial slurs as she attacked a black car salesman at a western Michigan dealership, avoided a jail sentence despite a tearful appeal from the victim for time behind bars.  She was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation by Judge Paul Sullivan. ( John Tunison/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Woman gets probation for striking black man, hurling slurs

Feb. 12, 2020 4:17 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A white woman who used racial slurs as she attacked a black car salesman at a western Michigan dealership has avoided jail, despite a tearful appeal from the victim for her to be given behind bars. Judge Paul Sullivan on Tuesday sentenced Shelly Hueckel of Nashville, Michigan, to...

Red Wings send Cholowski to Grand Rapids of AHL

Feb. 8, 2020 6:43 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have assigned defenseman Dennis Cholowski to Grand Rapids of the AHL. The Red Wings announced the move Saturday. The 21-year-old Cholowski has two goals and six assists in 33 games this season for Detroit. He has nine goals and 15 assists in 85 career NHL games....

Brewery reopens Detroit taproom after lawsuit settlement

Feb. 7, 2020 6:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A brewery reopened a Detroit taproom months after settling a racial discrimination lawsuit by a black former employee. Founders Brewing Co. began serving drinks and food again to customers at the taproom just north of downtown on Thursday. Tracy Evans was fired as an events and promotions...

College football assistant resigns following Hitler comment

Jan. 30, 2020 6:27 PM EST

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A newly hired coach for a college football team in western Michigan resigned Thursday following his suspension for referring to Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler as a “great leader.” “Morris Berger and Grand Valley State have reached a mutual agreement...

Michigan man linked to Islamic State pleads guilty

Jan. 30, 2020 2:43 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man accused of making plans to leave the U.S. to fight for the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Thursday to a conspiracy charge. Mohamud Muse, of Lansing, acknowledged that he made a video pledging loyalty to IS and had planned to travel to Somalia at some point in...

This undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Jamal Bennett. The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out Bennet's murder conviction, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a

Michigan court reverses murder conviction, cites rap videos

Jan. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously threw out a murder conviction Friday, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a “ruthless and menacing threat to the community.” Jamal Bennett is serving a 32-year prison sentence for the fatal shooting...

Dad convicted of aiding son after woman's dismemberment

Jan. 13, 2020 6:18 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A retired police officer accused of helping his son after he killed and dismembered a woman in western Michigan was convicted Monday of committing perjury and acting as an accessory. The Kent County jury was deadlocked and couldn't reach a unanimous decision on an additional...

This image released by the Ottawa County Jail, shows Timothy Koets, 50, an assistant professor for Grand Rapids Community College, who has been charged in the pool drowning of his son with autism. Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the drowning of 16-year-old Samuel Koets, told nationally syndicated news magazine “Inside Edition” on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, that he is being unfairly portrayed as an uncaring father who neglected to supervise his son. (Ottawa County Jail/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Michigan dad denies being complicit in autistic son's death

Jan. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EST

JENISON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan college professor whose severely autistic 16-year-old son drowned in an icy backyard pool last March says the authorities treated him unfairly by charging him in his son's death. Timothy Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the drowning of Samuel...